ORANGE SESAME CHICKEN SALAD
Makes 4 servings
20 square wonton wrappers
2 3/4 cups vegetable oil, divided
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 8 cups)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
3 to 4 cups coarsely shredded cooked, rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 nave, Cara Cara or Valencia oranges, peeled and segmented
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
Cut wanton wrappers into 1/2-inch-wide strips and separate on paper towels. Heat 1/2 cups vegetable oil in a large, wide saucepan over medium heat. Fry the wanton strips, 5 or 6 at a time, gently turning over once with a slotted spoon, until golden, 10 to 15 seconds per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Put romaine in a large salad bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add sesame oil and remaining 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a slow stream, whisking until the sugar is dissolved and the dressing is well blended.
In a third bowl, combine chicken, green onions, orange segments, almonds and sesame seeds. Add 1/3 cup of dressing and toss to coat. Toss romaine with enough dressing to lightly coat. Add the chicken mixture and toss lightly. Top with fried wanton strips and serve.
There are many reasons to experiment with salad, whether it’s for lunch, for a mid-afternoon snack or even for dinner. Salads fill you up without causing you to feel overly full. They can be mixed using your favorite varieties of lettuce, and the taste of salads can be changed instantly by the add-ins and dressings used.
Salads with an Asian flair, featuring the flavors of orange and sesame, are quite popular and refreshing. Made with chunks of chicken, this type of salad makes a complete meal, providing protein and fruit all in one serving.
Salad lovers can try this recipe for orange sesame chicken salad from Tim Talevich’s “A Decade of Cooking the Costco Way” (Costco Wholesale Corporation).
~ Staff report